Gone are the days when wives were confined only in the homes to take care of their children and husbands. The situation of married women in the olden days no longer applies today, at least in the urban centers around the world. Most of us are aware that women have come out of their shell to do things that they want to accomplish. It is this reality that has actually prompted a call for equal rights for both men and women.Equality may not be totally achieved in the different segments of society but in marriage, this can be observed by both husband and wife. If both spouses truly love and respect each other, they can come to an agreement to ensure equal treatment in their marital relationship as well as in their relationship with their children. However, this is not really necessary in order to achieve a successful and lasting marriage.Not all people are open to the idea of equality in marriage. Attitude has a lot to do with it. If both spouses are conscious of giving each partner equal rights, that one is not superior over the other, then perhaps a fair relationship can continue going forward. For some, it may be okay at first to have an objective view but sometimes, attitudes can change overtime and what you’ve agreed initially can be ignored.Equality in a marital relationship can only be possible if you have come to know deeper the traits of your partner even before you tied the knot. If openness and transparency existed during the dating stage and engagement period, then there is a chance for equality to exist in marriage. But since our society puts men above women in many aspects of life, the responsibility of determining whether equality should be called for in marriage lies mostly on the wives.The financial aspect is oftentimes the part where equality is difficult to attain. Money has been a major source of conflicts in marriage which can even lead to divorce if not resolved properly. However, if both of you are committed to raising a happy family and have successful children in the future, you will find a way to ensure stability in your financial situation. Joint accounts of your earnings and other assets are an ideal solution.Communication is also essential in any relationship. Maintaining an open communication line can greatly help in resolving issues sooner than later. Effective communication does not only entail expressing your views, thoughts and emotions but being able to listen to what your partner has to say as well. There has to be a two-way interaction.Being generous of positive words is an important part of communication. Give praise to your partner’s looks, achievements and other endeavors. Say “I love you” to each other often. By doing this, you are providing your partner with encouragement and inspiration. Isn’t it that you get a good feeling when you’re praised and when you know that somebody loves you dearly?So there, getting a fair treatment from your spouse need not be insisted. You can earn your equal rights in marriage when you work for it and you are consistent with what you do.